Jewish Communal Life Virtually Non-existent in Much of Europe, Says JTA Correspondent

Declaring that in all the countries of liberated Europe which he had visited in the past nine months he did not find one deported Jew who wished to return to his homeland, Meyer Levin, Jewish Telegraphic Agency war correspondent, who has just returned home after covering the Allied armies in Europe since D-Day, said yesterday that Jewish communal life in much of Europe is virtually non-existent.

At a press conference here, Levin revealed that even among Jews. the Nazis practiced their theories of “superior” and “inferior” groups. Jews from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia, for instance, were sent to Theresienstadt, where conditions, although bad, were much better than those found by the Jews from other countries sent to Buchenwald, Bergen-Belsen, Maidanek, or other camps in Poland and Germany. He said that the problem of recovering Jewish children placed in non-Jewish custody is acute and that strong efforts must be made if these children are not to be reared in non-Jewish religions.

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